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Vladimir Kramnik vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Gashimov Memorial (2015), Shamkir AZE, rd 8, Apr-25
King's Indian Attack: Yugoslav Variation (A07)  ·  1-0


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  Penguincw: That's a nice way to bounce back from a 3 game losing streak: beat MVL (well, beating anyone would be a relief at this point).

In the last round, Kramnik has black against Giri. Kramnik is an undefeated +6 against Giri, but tends to perform poorly in the last round...

Apr-25-15  Ulhumbrus: At the press conference Kramnik said that 12...Nf8 was an unfortunate decision.

It obstructs the flight square f8 for Black's king's bishop so that the move 14 Nf5 gains White the bishop pair in addition to greater space

Kramnik said also that Black's QB was out of play.

If White can make all these things count, and if other things are equal, White has a positional advantage that is more than enough to win.

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  thegoodanarchist: This is an old-fashioned butt whooping by Kramnik
Apr-25-15  parisattack: When he is 'on' Kramnik's games are so beautiful!
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  fredthebear: <thegoodanarchist: This is an old-fashioned butt whooping by Kramnik>

With three of four knights on the rim (12...Nf8), and three pawns of Kramnik's king pawn shield on the third rank (17.f3) instead of the second rank, which produces a BAD White Bg2, it's difficult to see what's old-fashioned about this game. It is rather unconventional. Fredthebear would sure like to know what Bobby Fischer would say about this stuff. Would Tigran Petrosian give it the O.K.?

Kramnik proves 19...f4 to be flawed tactically and manages to win with an active queen. Black is all over the map and does not get his pieces coordinated, giving away his light-squared bishop for 30...Rd2. The Black rook goes no further while the Black king lacks safety.

Old FTB is not impressed by either color.

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